There is no doubt about it, this hotel is geared towards pure indulgence and the only thing stopping me giving it a rating of 5 is the area, constant expectance to tip and the food choice.
Don't get me wrong, food quality and availability was outstanding; presentation was also immaculate, but I don't eat lamb or fish so this was a problem for me at some times, even the burgers at the pool bar were made from lamb. Also anything claiming to be 'ham' at this hotel is not ham as we know it. All the colourful pretty deserts are quite tasteless, but you don't need them as the featured dessert (crepes, waffles, banana flambe, caramel bread and butter pudding) was outstanding every night; this coupled with the delicious fresh fruit and baklava made dessert a treat every night. They do put on pizza, garlic bread, fries, etc to appease those that don't eat fish or lamb and the quality of the food is indeed, very high. We tried the Cuban a la carte and it was just a treat; the salad and orange chicken had me talking for days. Waffles, pancakes, ice cream and a variety of icicles are available at the pool bar throughout the day, which is excellent. The waffles and pancakes are fantastic; a really nice touch. Drinks such as the pepsi and fanta often tasted watered down however, while the alcoholic ones tasted completely right. If you get a chance, head down to the beach bar and sample the lemon chicken or if you are a fish lover, the fish of the day. My boyfriend constantly complained about small bones being in the fish however. Breakfast is a fantastic spread: meats, cheese, a coffee machine, machines to make freshly squeezed orange juice, hot and cold breakfast items, omlettes made to order and the all important pancakes, which are delicious by the way.
The area of Colakli is not that nice. I would recommend taking the bus for €1.75 to Antik Side if you like history or archaeology like I do, it is stunning. The trip to Perge, Aspendos and Kurnusulu waterfall is also worth it. Do not venture down to the Colakli bazaar unless you want to be thoroughly ripped off or coerced into buying the same rubbish everywhere. If you want to buy quality items at a good price then go on the Antalya shopping and sites excursion and thank me later. The hotel beach is also really nice, lots of water sports and beds in and out of the shade to suit everyone. No restraunts or anything close by in Colakli so you do rely on the hotel in this respect. We went on 4 day excursions: Troy waterpark, Antalya shopping and highlights, Perge etc. and a Manavgat cruise and shopping experience: the food was included but absolutely awful at all of them. You have been warned. Definitely go see Fire of Anatolia if you like theatre performances or co-ordinated dance, it was amazing.
The last negative I forgot to mention above is not entirely directed at the hotel, but at a member of staff. To work in that position, they really must require a good grasp of the English language, but she misled us completely which caused a lot of trouble for us. Basically, this lady (a doctor working at the hotel) told us to come to the doctor at, ''20 o'clock'' which of course, to us, meant 8. She actually meant 20 minutes, and this was 11:30 in the morning. As you can imagine, a bit of a disaster. The rest of the staff at this hotel are fantastic and dedicated and the hotel is lovely and clean. Get a sea view room as the view is just gorgeous. Pool area and pool is lovely and clean. The beer on tap is tuborg, by the way.
The spa is luxurious; they will try and sell you a whole package of massages however. The turkish bath is a must. The rooms in the hotel are spacious and clean. The shower is fantastic and the beds are extremely comfy. Air con was always on at the right moments and there are only like 3 english channels available.
On a side note, for any animal lovers out there, there is an adorable family of kittens living in the bushes outside the indoor pool, near the outside spa beds. The mum cat is black and you will see her wandering around. Bring some food to the kittens if you are going in the near future as they are adorable and add a lovely charm to the hotel.
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- Also Known As:
- Alba Royal Resort All Inclusive
- Alba Royal Hotel Turkey/Colakli, Antalya Province